Nursing Courses

Code Course Name Description Credits
NURS 250 Introduction to Professional Concepts

An introduction and exploration of core concepts relevant to the discipline of nursing and healthcare delivery in diverse and global environments. Nursing history, theory, and roles of the professional nurse are presented. Pharmacology principles are introduced with an emphasis on drug calculations. The nursing process is a major focus, laying the foundation to cultivate critical thinking and problem solving methods in the delivery of professional nursing care.

Prerequisite: all cognate courses except Math 216, sophomore status in Nursing major.

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NURS 251 Health and Wellness

The goal of this course is to provide students with an overview of factors that influence health status. Recommendations related to diet, exercise, sleep, and stress management along with traditional and complementary and alternative therapies used to promote health and prevent disease are discussed. Also explored are the clinical applications to nursing practice of disease prevention and health promotion.

Prerequisite: all cognate courses except Math 216, sophomore status in Nursing major.

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NURS 252 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice

Introduces the student to the knowledge and skills specific to nursing. Theory emphasizes the holistic, adaptive, and unique characteristics of all persons. Basic skills are developed in the on-campus laboratory and applied in clinical settings. The student is introduced to patterns of health and illness and to the nursing process. Students apply this knowledge in the care of selected clients.

Prerequisites: all cognate courses except Math 216, sophomore status in Nursing major, NURS 250, 251.

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NURS 253 Health Assessment

Builds upon existing skills of interviewing and assessment and upon knowledge of physiology. Application to the health assessment of a client throughout the life span. Skills are developed in performing physical examinations and in obtaining health histories.

Prerequisites: all cognate courses except Math 216, sophomore status in Nursing major, NURS 250, 251.

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NURS 350 Medical Surgical Nursing I The first in a series of three courses with a focus on the dysfunction of systems as related to Gordon's Health Patterns. Pathophysiology, related pharmacology, and the nursing process as related to the dysfunction of oxygenation, circulation, metabolism, and elimination are presented. Perioperative care is also included. Clinical experiences provide opportunities to implement the nursing process in caring for clients experiencing acute and chronic health problems related to these patterns. Prerequisites: junior status in Nursing major, NURS 250, 251, 252, 253. 7
NURS 351 Medical Surgical Nursing II The second of three courses with a focus on the dysfunction of body systems as related to Gordon's Health Patterns. Pathophysiology, related pharmacology, and the nursing process as related to the dysfunction of cognition, perception, and mobility are presented. Clinical experiences provide opportunities to implement the nursing process in caring for clients experiencing acute and chronic health problems related to these patterns. Prerequisites: junior status in Nursing major, NURS 250, 251, 252, 253, 350. 7
NURS 352 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Application of the nursing process in caring for the emotionally disturbed client. Emphasizes professional responsibility for advocacy and education. Clinical experiences with clients across the life span in acute care facilities and in the community. Prerequisites: junior status in Nursing major, NURS 250, 251, 252, 253, 350. 4
NURS 450 Nursing Care of Childbearing/Childrearing Families Application of the nursing process with childbearing and childrearing families. Nursing diagnosis is stressed, based on assessment of health patterns. Clinical applications in acute care, long term care and community health care facilities. Prerequisites: senior status in Nursing major, NURS 350, 351, 352. 7
NURS 451 Introduction to Nursing Research Introduction to the application of research principles within the clinical practice of nursing. Emphasis is on personal commitment to the use of research in practice. Prerequisites: MATH 216, NURS 350, 351, 352. 3
NURS 452 Nursing Care of the Community Client

Application of the nursing process with the community client, with emphasis on the epidemiological approach to the identification of community problems. Includes clinical practice in community settings.

Prerequisites: senior status in Nursing major, NURS 350, 351, 352.

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NURS 453 Professional Preparation

Preparation for the professional registered nurse role with emphasis on test-taking skills and the NCLEX licensure examination. Prerequisites: senior status in Nursing major.

NURS 350, 351, 352, 450, 451, 452.

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NURS 455 Medical Surgical Nursing III The final of three courses with a focus on complex, multi-system dysfunction as related to Gordon's Health Patterns. Pathophysiology, related pharmacology, nursing process, and special topics are presented. Clinical experiences allow for implementation of the nursing process in caring for clients with complex, multi-system acute and chronic health problems. Prerequisites: senior status in Nursing major, NURS 350, 351, 352, 450, 451, 452. 5
NURS 456 Internship This course is designed to facilitate professional development and/or transition into practice. Experiences provide for continuous clinical exposure that will assist the student in further development of the nursing generalist role and/or build upon previously attained nursing knowledge and skills. Opportunities for leadership and management development, as well as decision making are encouraged through participation in the delivery of health services and nursing care. Prerequisites: senior status in Nursing major, NURS 350, 351, 352, 450, 451, 452. 2.5
NURS 501 Theory & Issues in Nursing Critical analysis of nursing theory including development and application to practice and research and management. Analysis of major forces impacting upon nursing as a profession. Prerequisite: admission to the graduate program. 3
NURS 502 Professional Role A theoretical introduction to role of nurse administrator with emphasis on the nurse as manager, advocate, consultant, researcher, leader, educator. Prerequisite: admission to the graduate program. 2
NURS 504 Technology In Nursing Administration An introduction to the concepts and process of technology in nursing administration, including information management skills, human factors as related information, confidentiality issues, the law, telehealth, electronic communication, and future trends for informatics with an emphasis on application in Nursing Administration. Prerequisite: admission to the graduate program. 3
NURS 505 Clinical Practicum I Analysis and integration of nursing/administration concepts as related to the role. Clinical applications are made in acute care and community settings. Experiences should provide the student with opportunities to test their roles in new models of organization and health care practices across the health care continuum. This course requires 135 hours of clinical practice. Prerequisites: NURS 501, 502, 504. 5
NURS 506 Research Theory Introduction to the methodology of research-historical, descriptive-survey, experimental design, critical interpretation, and case study techniques, with attention to specialized data-gathering procedures, such as the questionnaire, the interview, observation, etc. Introduction to statistical concepts. Directed toward the writing of a thesis or a professional contribution (PC) as a degree requirement. 3
NURS 507 Organizational Dynamics What a supervisor needs to know about human behavior in a work setting. Stressed are the subjects of work motivation, power and control, communication, impact of work/organization design, and management-by-objectives using a case analysis/ discussion format. 3
NURS 507 Organizational Dynamics What a supervisor needs to know about human behavior in a work setting. Stressed are the subjects of work motivation, power and control, communication, impact of work/organization design, and management-by-objectives using a case analysis/ discussion format. 3
NURS 518 Policy and Program Analysis Explores the policy-making processes important to an administrator. Develops skills necessary for formulation and analysis of policy problems and the implementation of public policies. 3
NURS 532 Legal Aspects Clinical and Health Care Organizations The course covers topics which include the role and liabilities of the hospital administrators, the governing board and the medical staff. Nursing services and hospital liabilities encountered by health care delivery are discussed. Disclosure of patient information and the legal consideration related to this disclosure are covered. Labor law and the complex issues among management, labor, and the community are part of this course. 3
NURS 533 Nursing Research This course includes three hours of theory per week, in which all course goals are addressed. The student will work through the research process, developing a detailed research design that may be used in the required thesis. Prerequisite: NURS 501. 3
NURS 538 Institutional Budgeting and Planning Course will address the unique aspects of managing the financial resources of health care institutions. Focus will be on topics such as capital budgeting, sources of revenue, the impact of reimbursement on financial decisions, and the evaluation of fund sources. Analytical tools to aid in financial decision-making within health institutions will be examined. 3
NURS 595 A,B Thesis A scholarly contribution to the nursing profession. Involves an in-depth analysis of a nursing issue which includes the completion of a formal research study. Prerequisites: NURS 501, 502, 533. 3 total
NURS 605 Clinical Practicum II A continuation of focusing on integration of all aspects of the nursing administration role. Clinical applications are made in acute care and community settings. This course requires 135 hours of clinical practice. Prerequisite: NURS 505. 5